This week I’m starting a new series to look at happiness, joy, gratitude, and thankfulness. As we’ve all been going through a very difficult year, I’ve found myself dealing with the feeling of sadness, and I simply need to take action. So to help myself and hopefully others too, I want to look at how we can focus on subjects like; thankfulness, joy and gratitude to recalibrate our lives, and live again with joy in our lives.
I’m also going to be looking at how “journaling” can help us to focus on what’s important, and affirm what we are learning, so If you’d like a free digital copy of my “Happiness Journal” that I’ve created to help us, as we go through this subject, you can get it from here.
Let’s start with a quote from an American motivational speaker, writer and consultant; Denis Waitley.
“Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” — Denis Waitley
Gratitude is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. When you tap into the power of gratitude, incredible things begin to happen. Things you never would’ve expected.
Gratitude is not simply good manners. Rather, when you’re consistently grateful, it has the power to completely revolutionize your life.
Consider these good things that happen when you’re grateful…
You Attract Good Things
The Law of Attraction says that you attract more of what you focus on.
When you’re grateful, you are intentionally, purposefully, and powerfully focused on good things. You’re focused on how thankful you are for the good things that have come into your life.
All your attention is given to the good things that are flowing into your life. You’re receiving good and giving thanks.
Because you attract more of what you focus on, gratefulness results in attracting more good things into your life.
Jen Sincero puts it this way:
The more consistently you stay in gratitude and focused on that which is good, the stronger your connection to Source Energy [God, the universe, etc.] is, and the more quickly and effortlessly you’ll be able to manifest that which is unseen into your reality.
Put another way, being grateful puts you into a particular state of being in which you attract more of the very things that you’re grateful for.
The simple reality is that like attracts like.
If you’re grateful, you’ll attract more things to be grateful for.
On the other hand, if you’re constantly:
● Speaking negatively
● Envious of others
● Moaning about all the things you don’t have
…you’ll attract even more of that into your life.
Which would you rather attract?
Do you want to attract good things? Do you want to position yourself to constantly receive goodness?
Then start building the habit of gratefulness today.
You Experience Greater Happiness
Numerous studies have shown that being a grateful person makes you happier overall.
In fact, one study showed that being consistently grateful had the same impact on happiness as doubling your overall income!
Really, this shouldn’t surprise us.
When we’re grateful, we’re focused on all the good things that are happening in our lives. We’re focused on positive things and not wasting our energy griping about the negative.
Our energy is devoted to being thankful for the wonderful life that we have rather than the few things that we wish we had.
And the good news is that gratefulness produces a “loop” of happiness.
We’re grateful → We feel happy → So we’re more grateful → So we feel happier
Gratefulness is like a happiness vitamin that you can take every day.
If you want to be happier, start practising gratefulness today.